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New Albany-Floyd County Schools again pushes $87 million tax vote to fund reconstruction

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." The old adage proved true Wednesday for New Albany Floyd County Schools.

A video popped up on YouTube telling of another school tax vote to fund construction. Still on the table are a new Slate Run Elementary School and a new Green Valley Elementary School, as well as renovations to Prosser Vocational School. The district's video touts increased safety, better facilities and improved instruction as reasons for the $87 million project. 

It already has support from some parents.

"We're trying to draw people to the county and the community and get it sustainable," said Kate Caufield, a parent. "The kids and what they're going through everyday in terms of the building and the condition they're in -- that's why it's important."

We've seen leaking roofs, moldy ceilings and closets turned into classrooms in the school system, but this plan is $7 million more than the measure that failed last year. It involves more campuses, including improvements at all three middle schools and New Albany High School.

Dale Mann was one of the voters who rallied against the last construction effort.

"It's a 'wants and not-have-to,'" Mann said.

He remains unsupported, as the district has recently closed four schools. He says he's ready for another fight come November.

"I've lived here since 1955," Mann said. "This is the first time that I can remember that we've got a chance to lower our own taxes."

And here's where it gets confusing: The district's construction plan would not result in a tax hike because the new debt would replace old loans being paid off. Nonetheless, a vote against it would lower the property tax rate, so the ballot must read as a tax increase.

"I think that kind of inhibited it before, and I don't think there was enough information," Caufield said.

The stage is set for a retest. This time, the New Albany-Floyd County Schools district wants voters come up with a new answer.

The school district did not return WDRB's calls for comment. 

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